The transformation of Ghana’s economy will require hard work, enterprise, creativity and a consistent fight against corruption in public life, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, has said.
President Akufo-Addo, who was addressing a parade at the Black Star Square in Accra, yesterday, to climax the activities marking the 60th Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence Day celebration, noted that it was time to build Ghana’s economy and generate a prosperous, progressive and dignified life for the citizenry.
He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to rise above ethnocentric, partisan and sensational interest in the endeavour to transform the rich resources of the country into development.
The President bemoaned the degradation of the environment through illegal activities and called for proactive measures to curb the menace.
“We cannot ignore the state of our environment. We are endangering the very survival of the beautiful and blessed land that our forebears bequeathed to us. The dense forests that were home to varied trees, plants and fauna, have largely disappeared. Today, we import timber for our use, and the description of our land as a tropical forest no longer fits the reality. Our rivers and lakes are disappearing, and those that still exist are all polluted.
It bears repeating that we do not own the land, but hold it in trust for generations yet unborn. We have a right to exploit the bounties of the earth and extract the minerals and even redirect the path of the rivers, but we do not have the right to denude the land of the plants and fauna nor poison the rivers and lakes” he said.
To this effect, he said, the 60th Independence Day Anniversary was dedicated to the protection of the environment and regenerating the lands and water bodies.
President Akufo-Addo paid homage to those who fought to free Ghana from bondage and expressed confidence in the ability of the present generation to achieve the dreams of our forefathers, and urged all Ghanaians to make themselves worthy inheritors of mother Ghana.
Among the several dignitaries who also took part in the Independence Day Anniversary celebration were Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, and Togo's Faure Gnassingbe.
Ghana’s former Presidents, Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama were also present at the ceremony.
Source ISD (Solace Esi Amakwa)